Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on KIWIreviews.co.nz : Friday 22nd March 2019 - 02:50:39

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Fiction > My New Zealand Story - Harbour Bridge review

« The Last Thirteen #06 - 8 reviewThe Last Thirteen #06 - 8Going Supernova: Space Exploration reviewGoing Supernova: Space Exploration »

Score: 10.0/10  [2 reviews]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 5487 - My New Zealand Story - Harbour Bridge
Written by Philippa Werry

My New Zealand Story - Harbour Bridge
Price:
$18.50
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by Scholastic (NZ)

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been supplied to KIWIreviews by the company for the purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
Available:
May 2014

My New Zealand Story - Harbour Bridge product reviews

Proud to promote NZ productsThe Auckland Harbour Bridge is under construction. Simon likes watching the bridge being built, and talking to his uncle and his mates about what's happening on site.

Meanwhile, Simon's best friend Marty is obsessed with the Space Race and younger sister Jo can't stop worrying about the fate of the dogs and monkeys that are the world's first space travellers.

Everyone says that life on the North Shore will change once the bridge is finished... but what does that mean for Simon and his family?

Check out Scholastic (NZ) onlineClick here to see all the listings for Scholastic (NZ) Visit their website They do not have a Twitter account Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel



Tags:
auckland   bridge   harbour   historical   my story   nzmade   philippa werry   scholastic
Other listings you may be interested in:
The 3 a.m. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your FictionThe 3 a.m. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
Rating: 9.5
HindsightHindsight
Rating: 9.8
The Star Wars Cookbook - Wookiee Pies, Clones Scones and other Galactic GoodiesThe Star Wars Cookbook - Wookiee Pies, Clones Scones and other Galactic Goodies
Rating: 9.5
Dark Lord of DerkholmDark Lord of Derkholm
Rating: 10.0
How I Alienated my GrandmaHow I Alienated my Grandma
Rating: 10.0
The Wonky Donkey - Platinum EditionThe Wonky Donkey - Platinum Edition
Rating: 10.0
My Story - WorkhouseMy Story - Workhouse
Rating: 8.8
Mini Whinny #1: Happy Birthday To Me!Mini Whinny #1: Happy Birthday To Me!
Rating: 8.8
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan CrowWundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow
Rating: 10.0
Nga Manu Tukutuku e Whitu o MatarikiNga Manu Tukutuku e Whitu o Matariki
Rating: 9.8
Take 5Take 5
Rating: 9.5
Lonely Planet: FranceLonely Planet: France
Rating: 10.0
Spike & CoSpike & Co
Rating: 9.8

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of kiwiblondie

Review by: kiwiblondie (Michelle)
Dated: 7th of June, 2014

Link to this review Report this review

 

This Review: 10/10
Value for Money:
Score 10 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 10 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

This book was easy to read, the diary entries were short and to the point. I can't imagine how much the bridge would have changed things as it has always been there but there were some points that the locals were worried about, no more ferries and that life would be a lot busier. Living in Auckland I know that there are still some ferries but nowhere near as much as there would have been in the 1950.

Some of the parts were a bit lost on me, when they were describing exactly how the bridge was being built but I did enjoy the photos that followed the book, some were hard to recognise where they were taken and some of the actual bridge was easy as it still looks exactly like that. There were some funny parts (who would think of doing a fake funeral for space animals?) and yes I would have to agree about making sure you were in the correct lane before going over the bridge (the same fear of what happens if I miss my turn off due to being in the wrong lane stopped me using the bridge for years, would go upper harbour but now I know it is very user friendly) and some parts touched on sad subjects like the people who died during the construction.

I'm loving this series and hope to get a lot more of the books to read and keep for my kids when they are older as I would never be able to explain what went into the building of the bridge. I also really enjoyed the facts about the bridge that were included at the end.

Click here to read the profile of laugan

Review by: laugan (Selena)
Dated: 4th of June, 2014

Link to this review Report this review

 

This Review: 10/10
Value for Money:
Score 10 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 10 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

The time during which the Auckland Harbour Bridge was being built was a time of great, rapid change, in the world. Harbour Bridge is written in diary style through the eyes of Simon who has been given the task of keeping a diary when he started intermediate school.

The story starts part way through the building of the bridge and we quickly discover to make way for the infrastructure required that one of his friends houses has been demolished. We are reminded that this was a very different era to what we live in now. The space race had just started, Opo had died, chimpanzee's still had tea parties at Auckland Zoo and New Zealand's first supermarket opened.

While the book isn't intended primarily as an adults read it is well worth reading, I learnt a lot about the construction of the bridge, from the fact that it was a multinational affair, men came from all around the world to assist in building the bridge, it touched on the deaths of the three men who died during construction, and it goes into detail about how some of the parts were constructed.

Although it is a work of fiction it is very strongly based around the real events of the time, and clearly portrays the mixed feelings of those living in North Shore at the time, the amazement of this bridge being built yet at the same time the sadness at the loss of the ferry's and their semi rural lifestyle. It is also interesting to note that some of the things which are now in use on the bridge were ideas that were there during, if not before, the build. There is also an excellent time line around the bridge and interesting historical facts from the 1950's.

As with other books in the My New Zealand Story series this is a great read for all ages, reminding us of our local history in a way that it is easy for our children to relate to.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 8.5
Product reviews for listing 4681: The Pirate Company: On the Trail of the Golden Toucan -  Written by: Susan Cason

Product image for The Pirate Company: On the Trail of the Golden ToucanThis is the story of Tom Applecross, who found himself all alone in the world.
Till he met up with a gang of pirates.
Some would say, Any port in a storm.
Others would say Abandon ship while you've still got the chance!
Tom, rightly or wrongly, saw it as his lifeline.

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?"
unattributed

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream